Ask Mark: When was our last white Christmas?

Posted at 11:27 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 23:27:31-05

My Twitter feed is lighting up with thoughts of snow. This latest tweet is one worth expanding on:

Great question, Kristen! The answer could be explained in two different ways.

First, you may define a white Christmas as a Christmas Day when accumulating snow falls from the sky. For that, we look back to 2003. On that day, 2.8 inches of snow fell. Making for a festive coating of white for the Yuletide Feast.

The year before, on Christmas Day, 2002, 10.2" of snow fell. This snarled traffic and became the snowiest Christmas Day on record in Greater Cleveland!

But on other Christmas Days no snow fell. But, there was still snow on the ground from previous snowfalls. On Christmas Day, 2012, there was one inch of snow on the ground from previous snowfall. 2010 had an inch of snow on the ground as well.

The MOST snow on the ground for any Christmas Day in Greater Cleveland history was 13 inches. That happened on two separate Christmas Days: 2004 & 2013.


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